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Braves Minors Recap: Waters continues torrid streak, Gwinnett staff sizzles

Drew Waters hit his 23rd extra-base hit in his 35th game of the season

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(24-27) Gwinnett Stripers 3, (25-26) Indianapolis Indians 0

  • Austin Riley, 3B: 0-for-5, .314/.371/.571
  • Michael Reed, CF: 3-for-3, 2(2B), RBI, BB, 2R, .324/.463/.507
  • Rio Ruiz, LF: 2-for-3, RBI, BB, .255/.316/.349
  • Luke Jackson, SP: 4.0IP 3H 0R 1BB 4K

This game dominated by the Gwinnett Stripers staff who walked one, gave up zero base-hits, and struck out nine. The game was started by Luke Jackson who went four innings and walked just one while striking out four. Lucas Sims came on for relief and added two frames himself where he gave up just one hit and struck out one. Rex Brothers added two quality innings as well - striking out three. Jason Hursh pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his first save of the season. Luke Jackson and Lucas Sims lowered their respective season ERAs to 1.69 and 1.38 - the duo have provided quality innings for Gwinnett.

Gwinnett scored their first run of the game in the second inning courtesy of Michael Reed who is just having an absurd year in his first year within the Braves organization. Reed began the second with a double, went to third after Rio Ruiz grounded to the second baseman, and came in to score via a Rob Brantly sacrifice fly. They went on to add another two runs in the fourth inning as Michael Reed doubled in Carlos Franco to extend the lead to 2-0, then was immediately driven in by Rio Ruiz to push the lead to three.

Of note: Austin Riley went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts, and Lucas Sims picked up his first stolenbase of the season.

(24-29) Mississippi Braves 1, (32-21) Biloxi Shuckers 9

  • Tyler Neslony, RF: 2-for-4, 2B, .266/.305/.330
  • Travis Demeritte, LF: 0-for-4, .248/.351/.422
  • Alex Jackson, C: 0-for-4, .183/.270/.290
  • Bryse Wilson, SP: 2.2IP 8H 6ER 3BB 4K

This was just the second time in Bryse Wilson’s career that he gave up more than four runs in a game - that’s 45 games, 42 starts and he has given up six runs just once. After a very easy first inning that saw Bryse pick up two strikeouts, he gave up five straight hits to start open the second to quickly go down three runs. Biloxi went on to pick up another run on a sacrifice fly to extend their lead to 4-0. Eliyan Leyva provided some stability and in relief of Bryse Wilson went 4.1 innings of one run baseball to give Mississippi some kind of shot. Jacob Webb pitched the final inning for Mississippi and gave up another two runs to lengthen the Biloxi lead to 9-1.

The Mississippi offense was silenced for the most part by Zack Brown who went seven and struck out 10. Tyler Neslony had the lone multi-hit game for Mississippi as he went 2-for-4 with a double. Pitcher Elian Leyva picked up his second hit of the season and is now slashing .286/.286/.571. The only Mississippi run came in the eighth inning after Luis Valenzuela scored on a fielding error but it was far too little at that point as the score was already 7-1 at that point.

(20-31) Asheville Tourists 4, (31-22) Rome Braves 1

  • Drew Waters, CF: 1-for-3, 2B, BB, .288/.344/.568
  • Jefrey Ramos, LF: 0-for-4, .253/.286/.401
  • William Contreras, C: 1-for-4, R, .279/.354/.395
  • Drew Lugbauer, DH: 2-for-3, .228/.305/.367
  • Alan Rangel, SP: 7.0IP 4H 1ER 2BB 5K

This was a beautifully pitched game that somehow remained close despite SIX errors committed by the Rome Braves defense. The game was tied 1-1 in the ninth inning, following seven really solid innings by Alan Rangel, Kelvin Rodriguez was in the game with the bases loaded with two outs and gets a ball hit to Isranel Wilson who whiffed on the play and allowed all three runners to score before finally gunning Matt McLaughlin out at the plate on an attempted inside-the-park homerun. William Contreras committed a trio of errors himself (pickoff, throwing, catcher interference), Cruz had two (fielding, fielding), and Wilson with the almost four bag error.

Position players as a whole had a rough night as they committed more errors (6) than hits (5). Drew Waters picked up yet another extra-base hit with his double - that’s now 23 in 35 games. The center-fielder is breaking out this year with a .913 OPS in 35 games and has been on fire since coming back from the DL. The lone run was scored in the seventh inning after Drew Lugbauer singled in William Contreras who had singled earlier in the inning.

(20-30) Dunedin Bluejays -, (21-26) Florida Firefrogs - CANCELLED

Rain has lead to the cancellation of this scheduled double header. Why even have a team in the FSL?

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